10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri pleased with matchwinner Kante: He’s improving

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri pleased with matchwinner Kante: He’s improvingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was delighted with matchwinner N’Golo Kante for victory at Crystal Palace.The midfielder struck the only goal of the game.Sarri stated: “He has to think about the defence first of all. Then he is improving, especially in movements without the ball. His movement today was really very good and was done with the right timing.”When we have to play against opponents who are very low, it’s difficult for the striker and wingers to find space. So for us the midfielders’ movement without the ball is very important.”Now we have to work on Loftus-Cheek and on Barkley. Loftus-Cheek especially is a great player with the ball, but he can improve a lot in his movement without the ball.” last_img read more

12 days agoBrighton midfielder Stephens has no doubts about Connolly potential

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton midfielder Stephens has no doubts about Connolly potentialby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton midfielder Dale Stephens has no doubts about the potential of Aaron Connolly.he 19-year-old grabbed the headlines with a double strike against Tottenham on his first Prem start. Asked whether Connolly has the ability to get under defenders’ skins, Stephens replied: “Yes, he’s got that side to his game and he’s going to need it.“He’s not a big lad, and he has got different abilities to a big centre-forward but he can use what he has got to his advantage.“Being a pain and a pest is what he is good at and that proved good for us (against Tottenham).” last_img

Toronto stock market falls as oil prices and energy stocks move lower

first_imgTORONTO — Losses in the energy sector helped Canada’s main stock index posted a triple-digit decline as U.S. markets also sank deep into the red in late-morning trading.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 154.50 points at 14,916.51.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 362.66 points at 24,654.78. The S&P 500 index was down 28.4 points at 2,662.33, while the Nasdaq composite was down 55.82 points at 6,972.66.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.57 cents US compared with an average of 75.89 cents US on Monday.The January crude contract was down US$2.47 at US$54.73 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was down 15 cents US$4.55 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$1.30 at US$1,224.00 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 0.90 of a cent at US$2.79 a pound.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

New Mayor elected in Tumbler Ridge

first_imgTUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – Keith Bertrand has been elected the Mayor of Tumbler Ridge.  In a four-way race, Bertrand defeated incumbent Don McPherson by only 13 votes.McPherson ended up with 238 votes followed by Garret Golhof at 163 and Jerrilyn Schembri with 114.The three incumbent Councillors running for reelection will all return for the next four years.  Joanne Kirby, Will Howe and Darryl Krakowka will be joined by three new Councillors, Chris Norbury, Bernie Lehman and Curtis Miedzinski. SearchSearch inCandidateVotesElected CandidateVotesElected SearchSearch inCandidatesVotesElected CandidatesVotesElected Don McPherson238 Jerrilyn Schembri114 Garret Golhof163 Keith Bertrand251X Tumbler Ridge – Councillor Here are the full election results. Tumbler Ridge – Mayor Chris Norbury611X Curtis Miedzinski448X Bernie Lehmann532X Stacey Lajeunesse214 Darryl Krakowka502X Joanne Kirby396X Will Howe426X Monty Hendrickson343 Barry Blackman139last_img read more

City of Fort St John receives award for Annual Financial Report

first_img“To achieve this award for the third consecutive year is a significant achievement and speaks to the accomplishments of Council and staff in ensuring open and transparent reporting.”The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Program was established to encourage municipal governments throughout Canada to publish high-quality financial reports and to provide peer recognition and technical guidance for officials preparing these reports.The 2017 Annual Report is available on the City’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John was recently awarded the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting.This award was given to the City by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the 2017 Annual Report.Mayor Lori Ackerman says this award is a significant achievement as it shows that the City is ensuring open and transparent reporting.last_img read more

Just seeing reminders of coffee can stimulate us

first_imgSimply looking at something that reminds us of coffee can cause our minds to become more alert and attentive, scientists say. The study looks at an effect called priming, through which exposure to even subtle cues can influence our thoughts and behaviour. “Coffee is one of the most popular beverages and a lot is known about its physical effects,” said Sam Maglio, an associate professor at University of Toronto in Canada. “Much less is known about its psychological meaning – in other words, how even seeing reminders of it can influence how we think,” said Maglio. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”People often encounter coffee-related cues, or think about coffee, without actually ingesting it,” he said. “We wanted to see if there was an association between coffee and arousal such that if we simply exposed people to coffee-related cues, their physiological arousal would increase, as it would if they had actually drank coffee,” he added. In this case the researchers wanted to explore how simply being exposed to things that remind us of coffee may have an effect on arousal. Across four separate studies and using a mix of participants from western and eastern cultures, they compared coffee- and tea-related cues. They found that participants exposed to coffee-related cues perceived time as shorter and thought in more concrete, precise terms. “People who experience physiological arousal see the world in more specific, detailed terms,” said Maglio.last_img read more

‘US banding together with India, like-minded nations to protect sovereignty of Indo-Pacific’

first_imgWashington DC: The US is “banding together” with nations like India, Australia, Japan and South Korea to ensure that the sovereignty of Indo-Pacific nations are protected and that they are not subjected to any coercion, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. His comments came days after the Indian Navy participated with the navies of the US, the Philippines and Japan in their first joint naval exercise in the disputed South China Sea, where China is flexing its muscle. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportPompeo, in his address to the Claremont Institute’s 40th Anniversary Gala in Beverly Hills, California, said: “We are banding together with the like-minded nations like Australia, India, Japan and South Korea to make sure that each Indo-Pacific nation can protect its sovereignty from coercion”. “It’s part of a greater commitment to a free and open order. You all know this: The distinctive mark of western civilization is the belief in the inherent worth of human beings, with the attendant respect for god-authored rights and liberties. Indeed, the declaration says that ‘all men are created equal’. And we ought to help nations protect these first things and human rights as well,” he said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsTrump administration’s policies, he said, has been a real pivot to Asia. “The President has taken action to stop China from stealing our stuff. No longer will American companies be forced to hand over their technological crown jewels as the price of doing business in China. When a deal doesn’t work for the United States, no deal shall be done, Pompeo said. The United States, he said, has bolstered its military presence in the South China Sea, and have put nations on notice around the world that the sale of key infrastructure and technology companies to China threatens their national security.last_img read more

As part of the expanded agreement IBCAP and Nagra

first_imgAs part of the expanded agreement, IBCAP and Nagra will implement various strategies including the establishment of a monitoring lab to monitor and detect unauthorised use of IBCAP member content and automated systems to monitor set-top boxes, websites, and other streaming platforms.Nagra will detect servers providing IBCAP member content without authorisation, including both linear feeds and VOD content, and take actions to have that content removed. The company will also provide investigation services and enhanced litigation support tools.Nagra’s investigation services will be focused on identifying retailers selling pirate services, educating them about the risks of selling those pirate services, and collecting evidence for future investigations and lawsuits.IBCAP represents over 30 members and over 130 television channels from around the world, including well-known broadcasters of Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, and Bangla content.“While anti-piracy measures against mainstream content seem to be an increasing priority for distributors and content owners, no organization was focused exclusively on protecting international and multicultural content. IBCAP was formed three years ago to fill this gap and has achieved significant success through its monitoring and takedown efforts. The expansion of our agreement with Nagra will help us leverage the latest technologies and expertise in content protection and anti-piracy with the aim of putting pirates out of business and replacing them with legitimate providers,” said Chris Kuelling, executive director of IBCAP. ““Nagra is constantly expanding its portfolio of content value protection technologies and services, and this contract marks a milestone in our commitment to support broadcasters and content creators in the protection of their content from piracy in foreign markets,” said Frederic Guitard, vice-president media security services, Nagra.“Developing automated, state-of-the-art tools to detect unauthorized streaming – especially on increasingly popular IPTV set-top boxes and Kodi add-ons – helps ensure we can take swift and decisive action against pirates and maintain the value of the services offered to IBCAP members.”last_img read more

That title wouldnt make for much of a campaign sl

first_imgThat title wouldn’t make for much of a campaign slogan, and yet, it’s the natural outcome of one particular politician’s promise. Most of the notes I receive about the Affordable Health Care Act, or Obamacare, are first-person accounts of how a reader’s change in coverage or cost is affecting his life. These stories prompted several discussions with Andy Mangione, vice president of government relations of the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC). Andy serves as the lead legislative and government contact for AMAC in Washington, DC. He’s also responsible for national grassroots outreach and developing strategic partnerships. Andy is AMAC’s man on the scene in Washington, and he kindly agreed to sit down for an interview on the significant budget cuts to home health care that have been made as a result of Obamacare. I’ll let Andy get into the details.Dennis Miller: Welcome, Andy. Thanks for taking the time to educate our readers on the latest goings-on in Washington.Andy Mangione: My pleasure, Dennis.Dennis: Andy, let’s get right to it. I know you’re very concerned about how cuts to home health care will impact seniors. This is no longer a theoretical problem. I’d like to ask a two-part question: Can you tell our readers a bit about your organization and how these budget cuts will affect “mature American citizens?”Andy: Dan Weber, a private citizen, founded AMAC as an alternative to and competitor of AARP. AMAC is a right-of-center, conservative member benefits and senior advocacy organization for Americans age 50 and older. AMAC offers many of the same benefits and services as AARP. The biggest difference, though, is our approach to advocacy. AMAC is a member-driven organization. We do not sit in a boardroom and determine our stance on issues unilaterally. We take our marching orders from our members. They determine the issues that I bring to Washington, DC and help us to determine our policy and issues positions. We have over 1.2 million American members living in all 50 states. We add approximately 1,000-2,000 new, dues-paying members each week. I think it’s important to describe the Medicare home healthcare recipient before getting into the cuts. The average age of this beneficiary is 82. Two-thirds live below the federal poverty level, and they have chronic illnesses like heart disease, COPD, and diabetes. These are Medicare’s oldest, sickest, and poorest beneficiaries. Most of these folks reside in rural areas, and the majority of them are women. The $22 billion cuts over four years to Medicare home health care will mean these homebound seniors will have to seek care outside of their homes. The cuts will also devastate the home healthcare sector. And where will the money from these cuts go? To fund subsidies on the insurance exchanges and to expand Medicaid—two key components of Obamacare.Dennis: I recently wrote an article about long-term care insurance, which many refer to as nursing home insurance. I pointed out that a major provision of long-term care is home health care, which is actually “avoid nursing home insurance.” If the government is cutting back on money for home health care, what options will be available for those who need care?Andy: They’ll be forced to receive care in nursing homes or other institutional settings, which greatly increases their cost and negatively affects their healthcare outcomes. Also, keep in mind that most recipients of Medicare home health care reside in rural areas and do not have the same choices for nursing home or other institutional care that those who live in urban areas do.Dennis: Won’t that further overload hospitals and nursing homes, which in turn will add to the overall costs?Andy: Absolutely. Medicare home health care saved the Medicare program $3 billion over the last three years. Expenditures for non-Medicare home health care will definitely rise since these patients will be treated in nursing homes and other institutions.Dennis: I don’t know of anyone who, given a choice, wouldn’t prefer to stay at home for care. What impact will these budget cuts have on the home healthcare industry?Andy: The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) looked at these cuts and estimated that nearly 500,000 jobs in the home healthcare sector will be lost. They also estimate that 5,000 home healthcare companies will become insolvent as a result of these cuts by 2017.Dennis: You touched on something I hadn’t thought through before: the significant impact these cuts will have on working women and small-business owners. What can people do now? The budget cuts have already been passed. Is it too late?Andy: It’s not too late. H.R.5110, the SAVE Medicare Home Health Act, was recently introduced to rescind these cuts and replace them with commonsense accountability for home healthcare agencies, which would increase the quality of care for patients. The House will vote on the budget-neutral H.R.5110 in the fall, and if it passes—and it has a good chance of doing so—then it’s on to the Senate. If you would like to reach out to your Congressional representatives to urge them to support H.R.5110, please feel free to visit our home healthcare site. 90% of the businesses that provide home health care are small businesses. And, as I previously mentioned, CMS estimates that 5,000 of these businesses are at risk of closing their doors as a result of these cuts. Women own the majority of these businesses, and the majority of their employees—the nurses and other allied health professionals who provide care—are also women. CMS also estimated that 500,000 of these jobs are threatened by these cuts. That’s a lot of women-owned businesses and female employees drastically affected by these cuts. Also, the vast majority of the patients receiving home health care are women. Any way you evaluate it, these cuts to home health care disproportionately affect women in a very negative way.Dennis: I’d like to ask one question on a different topic. When I’ve written about Obamacare in the past, I’ve received three forms of feedback. The first was genuine concern, and the second was political criticism. Third, I heard from a large group that basically has a hard time believing it. Their sentiment was: “That just could not happen in America!” How do you respond to people who are having a hard time believing that Obamacare is going to have a major and possibly negative impact on their lives and their health care?Andy: I would say that elections have consequences. Not only can this happen in America, it already has happened! President Obama burst onto the national scene promising hope and change and certainly delivered on the “change” promise. Only it was not the change that most Americans were seeking. Like it or not—and AMAC members most definitely do not like it—Obamacare is now the law of the land. All is not lost, though. There’s always another federal election every two years, when Americans have the opportunity to right the ship and elect people who identify with their values and beliefs. Get involved and research candidates before giving your precious vote to an articulate, attractive candidate who looks great in a suit. Take the time to find the substance behind the style.Dennis: Andy, on behalf of all our readers, thanks for sharing your boots-on-the-ground input. Hopefully our subscribers will pitch in and let their elected representatives know how they feel. I should share that I’m a card-carrying member of AMAC. While there are several organizations that claim to represent seniors, I’ve found that most don’t represent my views well. AMAC doesn’t donate to political action committees, individual campaigns, or endorse candidates. It does listen to its members and work on issues of major concern. Like many laws, the details of Obamacare have emerged after the law was passed. If those details frighten you, make sure the organizations you belong to reflect that sentiment.On the Lighter Side When you read this, Jo and I will be in San Antonio at the Casey Summit. We’re both looking forward to visiting the Alamo and enjoying the San Antonio River Walk. If you’re attending, please flag me down and say hello. If not, you can listen to all of the compelling presentations on the Summit Audio Collection. I recommend preordering to take advantage of the sizable discount. And finally… Until next week…last_img read more

Doctors at the National Institutes of Health say t

first_imgDoctors at the National Institutes of Health say they’ve apparently completely eradicated cancer from a patient who had untreatable, advanced breast cancer.The case is raising hopes about a new way to harness the immune system to fight some of the most common cancers. The methods and the patient’s experience are described Monday in a paper published in the journal Nature Medicine.”We’re looking for a treatment — an immunotherapy — that can be broadly used in patients with common cancers,” says Dr. Steven Rosenberg, an oncologist and immunologist at the National Cancer Institute, who has been developing the approach.Rosenberg’s team painstakingly analyzes the DNA in a sample of each patient’s cancer for mutations specific to their malignancies. Next, scientists sift through tumor tissue for immune system cells known as T cells that appear programmed to home in on those mutations.But Rosenberg and others caution that the approach doesn’t work for everyone. In fact, it failed for two other breast cancer patients. Many more patients will have to be treated — and followed for much longer — to fully evaluate the treatment’s effectiveness, the scientists say.Still, the treatment has helped seven of 45 patients with a variety of cancers, Rosenberg says. That’s a response rate of about 15 percent, and included patients with advanced cases of colon cancer, liver cancer and cervical cancer.”Is it ready for prime time today? No,” Rosenberg says.”Can we do it in most patients today? No.”But the treatment continues to be improved. “I think it’s the most promising treatment now being explored for solving the problem of the treatment of metastatic, common cancers,” he says.The breast cancer patient helped by the treatment says it transformed her life.”It’s amazing,” says Judy Perkins, 52, a retired engineer who lives in Port St. Lucie, Fla.When Perkins was first diagnosed and treated for breast cancer in 2003, she thought she’d beaten the disease. “I thought I was done with it,” she says.But about a decade later, she felt a new lump. Doctors discovered the cancer had already spread throughout her chest. Her prognosis was grim. “I became a metastatic cancer patient,” says Perkins. “That was hard.”Perkins went through round after round of chemotherapy. She tried every experimental treatment she could find. But the cancer kept spreading. Some of her tumors grew to the size of tennis balls.”I had sort of essentially run out of arrows in my quiver,” she says. “While I would say I had some hope, I was also kind of like ready to quit, too.”Then she heard about the experimental treatment at the NIH. It was designed to fight some of the most common cancers, including breast cancer.”The excitement here is that we’re attacking the very mutations that are unique to that cancer — in that patient’s cancer and not in anybody else’s cancer. So it’s about as personalized a treatment as you can imagine,” Rosenberg says.His team identified and then grew billions of T cells for Perkins in the lab and then infused them back into her body. They also gave her two drugs to help the cells do their job.The treatment was grueling. Perkins says the hardest part was the side effects of a drug known as interleukin, which she received to help boost the effectiveness of the immune system cells. Interleukin causes severe flu-like symptoms, such as a high fever, intense malaise and uncontrollable shivering.But the treatment apparently worked, Rosenberg reports. Perkins’ tumors soon disappeared. And, more than two years later, she remains cancer-free.”All of her detectable disease has disappeared. It’s remarkable,” Rosenberg says.Perkins is thrilled.”I’m one of the lucky ones,” Perkins says. “We got the right T cells in the right place at the right time. And they went in and ate up all my cancer. And I’m cured. It’s freaking unreal.”In an article accompanying the new paper, Laszlo Radvanyi, president and scientific director of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, calls the results “remarkable.”The approach and other recent advances suggest scientists may be “at the cusp of a major revolution in finally realizing the elusive goal of being able to target the plethora of mutations in cancer through immunotherapy,” Radvanyi writes.Other cancer researchers agree.”When I saw this paper I thought: “Whoa! I mean, it’s very impressive,” says James Heath, president of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle.”One of the most exciting breakthroughs in biomedicine over the past decade has been activating the immune system against various cancers. But they have not been successful in breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer is basically a death sentence,” Heath says. “And this shows that you can reverse it. It’s a big deal.”One key challenge will be to make the treatment easier, faster, and affordable, Rosenberg says. “We’re working literally around the clock to try to improve the treatment.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

The US Environmental Protection Agency says it w

first_imgThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will begin the process this year of setting limits on two man-made chemicals that are linked to cancer and other illnesses, and are found widely in drinking water and soil. The agency’s long-awaited plan — promised last year by former administrator Scott Pruitt — addresses chemicals that are part of a group known as PFAS, for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances. “It took groundbreaking efforts to develop this plan,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler at a news conference in Philadelphia. “This is the first time we have utilized all of our program offices to deal with an emerging chemical of concern.”But critics say the move to regulate the chemicals “by the end of this year” amounts to yet another delay.”It has taken the EPA nearly a year just to kick the can even further down the road,” said U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) In a statement, the environmental advocacy group Delaware Riverkeeper Network said the plan “lacks any sense of urgency and offers no timely relief to people exposed to these highly toxic compounds in their water.” As part of its plan, the EPA says it has begun the process of listing PFOA and PFOS — two kinds of PFAS — as hazardous substances under the Superfund law. It says that will help communities deal with existing contamination and recover costs from responsible parties.Dave Ross, the agency’s Assistant Administrator for Water, said EPA will also publish recommendations “very soon” on cleaning up the two chemicals in groundwater, an important source of drinking water for many communities. And he said the EPA is also looking at whether to regulate other chemicals in the PFAS family.Decades-old chemicals, growing local concernsPFAS chemicals have been linked to illnesses, including cancer, but there remain a lot of questions about how they affect people’s health and in what doses. There was a big health study involving one form of PFAS in the Mid-Ohio Valley. From that and other studies scientists are comfortable saying certain diseases are linked to PFAS exposure, but they won’t be more definitive than that.Acknowledging this lack of knowledge, EPA assistant administrator Ross said Thursday that the agency will step up its research into the chemicals’ human health and ecological effects. “Our goal is to close the gap on the science as quickly as possible,” he said.These chemicals have been around for decades and have been useful because they are good at repelling oil and water. They can be found in many products, including non-stick cookware, food wrappers, fabrics and fire-fighting foam. Manufacturers have agreed to stop using two forms of PFAS in the U.S. But it takes a long time for these chemicals to break down in the environment, which is why they remain a problem now. Some newer forms of PFAS chemicals are being used, and some people believe those are safer because they remain in the environment and our bodies for shorter periods. The issue gained more urgency in recent years as water suppliers tested for and found PFAS pollution as part of an Environmental Protection Agency program. The EPA required most water utilities to test for a list of PFAS chemicals from 2013 to 2015. In 2016 the agency lowered a non-binding health advisory limit for some PFAS compounds to 70 parts per trillion (ppt). Thursday, the EPA’s Ross said the agency’s latest testing showed that about 1 percent of public water systems had at least one sample with PFAS concentrations above that amount. Northeastern University and the Environmental Working Group have also created a map of contaminated sites and communities where PFAS has been detected in drinking water.Arguments for a stricter limit also gained traction after a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year suggested PFAS chemicals may endanger human health at far lower levels than the EPA’s non-binding limit.In the absence of federal action, and amidst this growing local concern, some states have taken it upon themselves to limit the use of these chemicals.A number of companies believed to be responsible for PFAS pollution face lawsuits. The state of Minnesota sued 3M over the toxins and settled for $850 million last year. Pennsylvania is one of a number of states that have been working to curb PFAS levels where soil or groundwater contamination has been found. The drinking water around Horsham is a concern because of the chemicals’ long-term use in firefighting foam at nearby military bases. Blood tests on 235 residents of Horsham and two other townships by the Pennsylvania Department of Health last year found a large majority had levels of four PFAS chemicals that exceeded the national average, and that some of them had illnesses including elevated cholesterol, endocrine disruptions and cancer.While some local authorities have now installed filters to cut PFAS levels in water systems to within health limits, high levels of contamination persist in soil on the bases and in groundwater beneath themReporting in this story comes to us from StateImpact Pennsylvania, a public media collaboration covering Pennsylvania’s energy economy. Copyright 2019 WHYY. To see more, visit WHYY.last_img read more

Disabled Liberal Democrats believe their party is

first_imgDisabled Liberal Democrats believe their party is capable of winning back voters who feel “justifiably angry” about the disability policies their party signed up to as part of the coalition government.Members of the Liberal Democrat Disability Association (LDDA) say they are confident that the party’s new leader, Tim Farron, will listen to the party’s grassroots on issues such as social security reform.At annual conferences during the five years of the coalition – and again this week – the party’s grassroots membership voted overwhelmingly for anti-austerity social security policies, such as scrapping the bedroom tax, which were then ignored by the party leadership.George Potter, an LDDA member who played a significant role in ensuring cuts to disability benefits were debated at annual conferences during the five years of the coalition, said LDDA policy motions passed by conference were “swallowed up” by the previous leadership and never heard of again.He said: “Tim Farron has made it clear that he will listen to conference and prioritise what conference says.”He added: “There is a lot of anger [among disabled people] and it is completely justified.“I think there is a hard sell but I am hoping over the next five years we can show we can change the party itself and show we are now being taken seriously.”Gemma Roulston, LDDA’s membership secretary, said: “For the last five years I was thinking, ‘Am I in the right party? Should I go or should I stay?“I almost didn’t vote for [the Liberal Democrats] at the last election. The only thing that has kept me in the party was the LDDA.”Robert Adamson (pictured), a member of the LDDA executive, said he also understood the anger felt by many disabled activists, and admitted that it would be “an uphill battle to regain trust”.He said: “They are angry about coalition policies that came in, and what needs to be shown by the party is that we are not now suddenly saying that all the coalition policies were bad.“What we are saying is that the Conservatives wanted far worse policies and we managed to constrain them.”He suggested that a Conservative majority government would have announced the total closure of the Independent Living Fund in 2010, and cut spending on disability benefits even further and faster than under the coalition.Adamson said: “The work Steve Webb [the Liberal Democrat pensions minister] did to temper the benefit reforms would not have occurred.“Life would have been a hell of a lot worse, and proof of that is that life is getting a hell of a lot worse now.“In coalition, a number of things we achieved are now being undermined as a result of the Liberal Democrats not being in coalition… [with] the dreadful ways the Conservative government are treating and going to treat disabled people and carers.”David Simpson, a disabled Liberal Democrat councillor with Hampshire county council, said: “I understand the anger, of course I do, and thousands of Liberal Democrats were angry as well about what was happening in our name.“We don’t believe the sick and the disabled should have been the ones who were targeted.“I think the party has to show that it does have compassion for the disabled.”He said that “certain things had to be done to get the country out of the mess and sacrifice the party for the country”, but that the Conservatives were now “taking the brakes off” because they “no longer have the drag of the coalition”.He said: “It is death by a thousand cuts. If you are disabled, you are living in fear. What will happen next, what will they cut next?”Potter said he was encouraged by the party’s decision to start work on a plan to “completely overhaul the welfare system from the top to the bottom”, that would lay the groundwork for “a credible, radical, alternative policy” and see a future government “enabling people, supporting them, not just penalising them for their inability to work”.He added: “If the price for that is we get slightly more people gaming the system, that is a price worth paying, if it means we no longer have vulnerable people having their lives destroyed.”Potter said he also believed that being confronted with a parliamentary party of eight middle-aged white men had forced the Liberal Democrats to confront the need for a more diverse selection of candidates to fight winnable general election seats.Potter said former leader Nick Clegg had not really grasped the importance of this issue.He said: “He’s good on rhetoric but when it came down to it he generally surrounded himself with people from very similar backgrounds to himself.“When push came to shove… he spoke about greater diversity but he never put his money where his mouth was.“It is certainly the case that a lot of people in the party, far more than before the general election, are seriously thinking that we need to do a lot more.“Tim Farron has appointed a completely balanced team. At the top we have a leader who grasps the issue.”And he said that Baroness [Sal] Brinton, the party’s new disabled president, was taking the issue of accessibility – including access to buildings and meetings, and to information – “very seriously”.Potter also said that the party had a chance to “make a difference” at council level, by providing or organising support that would “negate the cuts” where the government had failed to do so.He said: “The only way some people will survive the next few years is if local councillors and local authorities step up to the plate.”last_img read more

The UN expert who told the government that its cut

first_imgThe UN expert who told the government that its cuts to disabled people’s support had caused a “human catastrophe” is to visit the UK this autumn to deliver a high-profile lecture on disability rights.Theresia Degener, the professor of law and disability studies who chairs the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities, will deliver the first Caroline Gooding Memorial Lecture at the University of Leeds in October.Last August, Degener (pictured) told the UK government’s delegation – during a public examination of its progress on implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) – that its cuts to social security and other support for disabled people had caused “a human catastrophe” which was “totally neglecting the vulnerable situation people with disabilities find themselves in”.She later gave an interview with the BBC – which was not broadcast – in which she warned that the portrayal of disabled people by the UK government and media as “parasites” who live on benefits could put them at risk of violence, and even “killings and euthanasia”.The annual lecture was set up as a memorial to the equality consultant and author Caroline Gooding, who played a leading role in securing improvements to disability rights legislation as a member of the Disability Rights Taskforce.Gooding was later director of legislative change at the Disability Rights Commission throughout its eight years. She died in July 2014.The lecture will be hosted by the university’s renowned Centre for Disability Studies (CDS) and its Centre for Law and Social Justice, and will take place on 3 October.Professor Anna Lawson, director of CDS and co-ordinator of the university’s Disability Law Hub, said she and fellow organisers were “delighted” that Degener was able to accept the invitation to deliver the lecture.She said: “She is a disabled woman who, like Caroline, has made it her life’s work to push for disability equality and inclusion using the law.“As chair of the CRPD committee, she occupies what is one of the most influential positions in disability rights globally.“The fact that her committee has recently reviewed and made recommendations to the UK on its implementation of the CRPD makes the timing particularly good.“Theresia also knew and admired Caroline and her work.”She said the lecture would not be focused specifically on the UK but would be “relevant to all countries that have ratified the CRPD, including the UK”.Lawson said there would be questions and discussion after the lecture, while there are hopes that the event will be live-streamed.Degener will lecture on “inclusive equality”, a concept introduced by the UN committee through a “general comment” in March and which it hopes can be used to help implement CRPD.Inclusive equality, the general comment says, argues for redistribution to address socioeconomic disadvantage, and attempts to combat “stigma, stereotyping, prejudice and violence” and recognize the “dignity of human beings and their intersectionality”.It also recognises the importance of including different social groups in society, but also the need to “make space for difference as a matter of human dignity”.In the general comment on article five of the convention – on equality and non-discrimination – the committee warns that countries are still approaching disability through charity and medical models, which fail to fully acknowledge disabled people’s rights.It also warns that the laws and policies of many countries “perpetuate the exclusion and isolation of and discrimination and violence” against disabled people, and that they are often “imperfect and incomplete or ineffective” or “reflect an inadequate understanding of the human rights model of disability”.In the BBC interview, Degener explained that, compared to other countries with “less economic power” and less advanced equality and discrimination legislation, the UK’s austerity policy was “less human rights oriented”, so that “UK appears to be a strong country when it comes to equal rights but a very, very weak country with relation to economic, social and culture rights”.She also said the UK’s record on disability rights was “going backwards in a pace and to an amount that it worries us a lot” and that the evidence in front of the committee was “overwhelming”.The general comment also says that disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) must “play a central role in the development of legal and policy reforms”, including the response to the prejudice faced by disabled people seen as being “a burden on society”.The committee’s concluding observations, which followed its public examination of the UK’s progress in implementing the convention last August, called on the government to do more to include DPOs in planning and implementing polices affecting disabled people.Degener was not available this week to comment on her plans for the lecture. A note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Woman pleads with thieves to return her wallet

first_imgA woman who had lost her wallet, recounted how her money was stolen when two women made use of her contactless card. The victim wrote on Facebook in the hope that those who stole her money would return her wallet to the Birkirkara police station.In a Facebook post, the woman explained that those who stole her card had told the cashier that she had forgotten her pin number when asked to enter it, and proceeded to pay €5.00 and another bill of €5.10, using the contactless card at a cafe in Birkirkara.The victim said that had the circumstances been different she would have taken the wallet to the police station so that it could be returned to the rightful owner.The woman said that the ‘shopping spree’ continued, with those who took her wallet proceeding to a pharmacy in Ħ’Attard where they spent €17.97 using the victim’s card.The wallet contained a €50 note with the victim saying that she had worked hard for it.The post ended with the woman saying that the ‘shopping spree’ is over as the cards have been blocked. She urged the two women to return her wallet to the Birkirkara police station or leave it in her letterbox.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

FinnBrain imaging study explores brain structure in newborns

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 30 2018Infant brain development is still poorly understood. Thus, research on the topic is vital as developing brains are sensitive to early environmental factors. Recognizing this, the FinnBrain imaging study conducted in Turku explores brain structure in newborns.Adult brain structure and the division of different functions between the hemispheres is already well studied. However, information on the developing brains of newborns is still limited, even though understanding this normal developmental process is important. Through understanding this process, future studies can more easily detect the effects that environmental factors, such as maternal prenatal health, may have on the infant brain.- The developing brain is most sensitive to environmental factors during pregnancy, and these factors may drastically alter the course of development, says Doctoral Candidate, Lic. Med. Satu Lehtola from the FinnBrain Birth Cohort Study at the University of Turku.Related StoriesPosterior parietal cortex plays crucial role in making decisions, research showsMercy Medical Center adds O-arm imaging system to improve spinal surgery resultsWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskIn the study, 68 babies aged 2-5 weeks were scanned using MRI. To investigate normal infant brain development, lobar volumes and their hemispheric differences, i.e. asymmetry, were explored. The effects of age and sex on lobar volumes and asymmetry were of particular interest.- We observed that in both sexes, the lobes were asymmetric in the same way: the right temporal lobe, left parietal, and left occipital lobes were larger than their counter side. Differences between sexes were found, but they were subtle and included only locally restricted areas in the grey matter, says Lehtola.In the findings, the effect of age manifested as different growth rates between grey and white matter, which aligns with existing research showing that the growth rate of grey matter is more rapid during the first years of life. When disaggregating grey matter into lobar volumes though, the lobar volumes of full-term infants did not differ in a statistically significant manner as infants’ ages only varied by a few weeks.- Not many studies on this topic have been carried out with such young infants, yet our results are in line with the previous findings and thus strengthen and broaden our perceptions on early brain development. The results provide a good basis to continue research on the effects of early environmental factors on brain volumes, which is a key aim of the FinnBrain research project, says Lehtola.Source: https://www.utu.fi/en/news/press-release/age-and-sex-affect-infant-brain-structurelast_img read more

Study Using steroids during cardic bypass surgery did not reduce acute kidney

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 4 2019Using steroids during cardiopulmonary bypass surgery did not reduce the risk of acute kidney injury in people at increased risk of death, according to a study conducted in 18 countries published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) http://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.181644.The multisite randomized controlled trial, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, included patients in Canada, China, India, United States, Colombia, Australia, Italy, Iran, Czech Republic, Greece, Spain, Brazil, Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Argentina, Chile and Ireland, which broadens the reach of the study’s findings.Related StoriesChronic kidney disease patients are excluded from clinical trialsResearchers investigate whether hypertension poses health risk to older kidney donorsTen-fold rise in tongue-tie surgery for newborns ‘without any real strong data’About one-fifth of the millions of bypass surgeries performed around the world each year result in acute kidney injury, which in its most severe forms greatly increases the chance of death and the need for life-sustaining dialysis treatments. Bypass surgery can trigger widespread inflammation, which is thought to be a key culprit in the development of kidney injury. Prior studies suggested that steroids might help reduce inflammation and acute kidney injury.”Administering steroids to prevent inflammation during surgery did not reduce the risk of acute kidney injury in people at moderate or high risk of adverse effects,” says author Dr. Amit Garg, a scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute and professor at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.The study included 7286 patients, of whom about half (3647) were randomized to receive steroids and the remaining 3639 to placebo. The rate of acute kidney injury was similar in both groups.”Given the broad range of countries and populations represented in the study, these findings further support a shift away from using steroids as an effective method of preventing the complications from inflammation during bypass surgery,” states Dr. Garg. Source:http://www.cmaj.ca/last_img read more

Study finds significant delays in reporting human cases of West Nile virus

first_img Source:http://www.mountsinai.org/ Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 26 2019Mount Sinai researchers found significant delays in reporting human cases of West Nile virus, hampering real-time forecasting of the potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease, according to a study in the JAMA Network Open in April.Researchers discovered that reports of human cases of West Nile virus in the United States were delayed by two to 14 weeks between illness onset and confirmation of West Nile. The lags were due to the length of time it took health departments to confirm a West Nile case or reporting delays between health care professionals and the health department.Related StoriesResearchers compare American, Pacific and Southeast Asian subtypes of Zika virusVirus killing protein could be the real antiviral hero finds studyNanotechnology-based compound used to deliver hepatitis B vaccineThey also found that reporting of mosquitoes testing positive for the virus were also delayed, but by a much less significant amount of time.The study showed that accurate and reliable forecasts of West Nile outbreaks are possible using a mathematical model and real-time reports of human and mosquitoes testing positive of the disease, but it is impossible with the lags in reporting that exist. Better and more reliable forecasts would improve mosquito abatement which to tamp down the spread of the virus as well as allow public officials to issue more accurate health information to the community in real time, preventing possible illness and deaths.”Current reporting delays impact our understanding of how an outbreak is progressing, and our research highlights areas in which disease surveillance can improve,” said lead author Nicholas DeFelice, Assistant Professor of Environmental Medicine & Public Health at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “With improved surveillance, there is greater potential for objective infectious disease forecasts that will allow public health officials to address infectious disease threats in a proactive fashion.”West Nile virus is the most common domestically acquired mosquito-borne virus in the United States. Mild symptoms are flu-like and may include fever, headache, body aches and sometimes a rash. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. In some cases, severe symptoms may include high fever, stiff neck or a potentially fatal central nervous system illness causing inflammation of the brain or spinal cord. One in ten people die after falling ill to the central nervous system illness caused by the virus.last_img read more

The 100 most expensive football transfers of all time

first_img81Nemanja MaticChelsea – Manchester United2017€44.7m =88Leonardo BonucciJuventus – AC Milan2017€42m 83Leroy SaneSchalke – Manchester City2016€44m Biggest transfer outside of Europe 84Andriy SchevchenkoAC Milan – Chelsea2006€43.9m =88Henrikh MkhitaryanBorussia Dortmund – Manchester United2016€42m 5Antoine GriezmannAtletico Madrid – Barcelona2019€120m =95Corentin TolissoLyon – Bayern Munich2017€41.5m https://images.performgroup.com/di/library/GOAL/58/c2/gareth-bale-perez-real-madrid_h0jq1q3dmws81affth19gyza7.jpg?t=754273533&w=500&quality=80As illustrated above, while Neymar and Pogba’s recent moves saw Gareth Bale slip to third in the all-time standings, the Wales international remains the most expensive British player of all time, thanks to his €100.8m move to Real Madrid in 2013.The costliest English player in history, incidentally, is Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, who joined from Liverpool in 2015 for €69.1m.Most expensive teenager 8Gareth BaleTottenham – Real Madrid2013€100.8m 52Alexandre LacazetteLyon – Arsenal2017€53m (+€7m) =55Eder MilitaoPorto – Real Madrid2019€50m =45FredShakhtar Donetsk – Manchester United2018€58.9m =72Mateo KovacicReal Madrid – Chelsea2019€45m 13NeymarSantos – Barcelona2013€86.2m 50Kyle WalkerTottenham – Manchester City2017€56.7m =27Luka JovicFrankfurt – Real Madrid2019€70m 47HulkZenit – Shanghai SIPG2016€58.6m =41Luis FigoBarcelona – Real Madrid2000€60m =9Eden HazardChelsea – Real Madrid2019€100m (+€40m) 12Gonzalo HiguainNapoli – Juventus2016€90m =22Kevin De BruyneWolfsburg – Manchester City2015€75m =72Vinicius JuniorFlamengo – Real Madrid2018€45m 4Philippe CoutinhoLiverpool – Barcelona2018€120m (+€40m) 2Kylian MbappeMonaco – PSG2017€145m (+€35m) Getty Images =22Frenkie de JongAjax-Barcelona2019€75m =72RodrygoSantos – Real Madrid2019€45m 63Gaizka MendietaValencia – Lazio2001€48m 65Mesut OzilReal Madrid – Arsenal2013€47m =17James RodriguezMonaco – Real Madrid2014€80m https://images.performgroup.com/di/library/GOAL/39/e3/kylian-mbappe-france-2017_13ufxswk1azst1iz5zeguo3iis.jpg?t=687844718&w=500&quality=80After joining PSG, Mbappe not only became the second-most expensive player of all time, he also became the most expensive teenager ever.The Monaco wonderkid joined PSG on a loan-to-buy deal that will be worth €180m after bonuses – not bad for a player who only turned 20 last December!Most expensive defender 31Riyad MahrezLeicester City – Manchester City2019€67.8m 54Eliaquim MangalaPorto – Manchester City2014€51.7m 25Angel Di MariaReal Madrid – Manchester United2014€74.6m Most expensive British player =33Aymeric LaporteAthletic Bilbao – Manchester City2018€65m 60Anthony MartialMonaco – Manchester United2015€49.3m Neymar completed his move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain for a staggering fee of €222 million in the summer of 2017 and the big deals haven’t stopped since, with Kylian Mbappe joining him in Paris for €145m plus €35m in bonuses.As a result of his move to the French capital, the Brazilian is now the most expensive player of all time, having smashed the previous record held by Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, who arrived at Old Trafford in 2016 from Juventus for €105m. Mbappe, meanwhile, moves to second on the list. =27RodriAtletico Madrid – Manchester City2019€70m 39Angel Di MariaManchester United – PSG2015€61.6m 49John StonesEverton – Manchester City2016€58m 51Hernan CrespoParma – Lazio2000€55m 62Christian VieriLazio – Inter1999€49m 48Benjamin MendyMonaco – Manchester City2017€58.2m =66Douglas CostaBayern Munich – Juventus2017€46m 32Diego CostaChelsea – Atletico Madrid2018€66m 53Gianluigi BuffonParma – Juventus2001€52m 26Alisson BeckerRoma – Liverpool2018€73m 43Tanguy NdombeleLyon -Tottenham2019€60m 20Alvaro MorataReal Madrid – Chelsea2017€78.9m 14Romelu LukakuEverton – Manchester United2017€84.8m =9Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid – Juventus2018€100m =41Naby KeitaRB Leipzig – Liverpool2018€60m =45JorginhoNapoli – Chelsea2018€58.9m =72RicharlisonWatford – Everton2018€45m =72Sebastien HallerEintracht Frankfurt – West Ham2019€45m 15Virgil van DijkSouthampton – Liverpol2018€84.5m =55FabinhoMonaco – Liverpool2018€50m 22Matthijs de LigtAjax – Juventus2019€75m (+€10.5m) 29Zlatan IbrahimovicInter – Barcelona2009€69.5m =55Aaron Wan-BissakaCrystal Palace – Manchester United2019€50m =66RonaldoInter – Real Madrid2002€46m =66Rio FerdinandLeeds United – Manchester United2002€46m 30Raheem SterlingLiverpool – Manchester City2015€69.1m =88Mohamed SalahRoma – Liverpool2017€42m Atletico Madrid’s massive outlay for Benfica’s Joao Felix of €126m in July of 2019 makes the Portuguese star the third highest on our list. Philippe Coutinho’s move from Liverpool to Barcelona in January 2018 puts him now fourth, while Barca’s captures of France duo Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele from Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund respectively sees them ahead of Pogba.Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid from Chelsea for €100m plus add-ons puts him joint-tied for ninth.Cristiano Ronaldo occupies positions nine and 11 on the list, with his move to Juventus in the summer of 2018 eclipsing the cost of his transfer to Real Madrid from Manchester United nine years earlier.Pos.PlayerClubsYearFee 44Fernando TorresLiverpool – Chelsea2011€59m 16Luis SuarezLiverpool – Barcelona2014€82.3m 6Ousmane DembeleBorussia Dortmund – Barcelona2017€105m (+€45m) 82Youri TielemansMonaco – Leicester City2019€44.6m =88Javier PastorePalermo – PSG2011€42m =66Juan MataChelsea – Manchester United2014€46m =72James RodriguezPorto – Monaco2013€45m Getty Images Getty Images 61Gylfi SigurdssonSwansea City – Everton2017€49.2m 64Ferland MendyLyon – Real Madrid2019€48m 7Paul PogbaJuventus – Manchester United2016€105m =72Joao MarioSporting Lisbon – Inter2016€45m =85RobinhoReal Madrid – Manchester City2008€43m =88Thiago SilvaAC Milan – PSG2012€42m =33Thomas LemarMonaco – Atletico Madrid2018€65m 71Christian BentekeAston Villa – Liverpool2015€45.8m Kepa Arrizabalaga Athletic Bilbao https://images.performgroup.com/di/library/GOAL/fd/31/kepa-arrizabalaga-athletic-bilbao_1wab3of5y6pjo17ve4s6h6ie70.jpg?t=1155449520&w=500&quality=80For a long time, former Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon held this mark having joined the Turin outfit from Parma for €52m, which is a colossal fee when inflation is taken into account.Then with a matter of weeks, the record was shattered twice. First Liverpool brought in Roma’s Alisson Becker for €73m, to temporarily take the mark as the world’s most expensive keeper.Not to be outdone, Chelsea matched Kepa Arrizabalaga’s €80m release clause with Athletic Bilbao not even a month later, meaning the Spain international has quickly dethroned Alisson for the No.1 spot in transfer history. 87Alexis SanchezBarcelona – Arsenal2014€42.5m =17Kepa ArrizabalagaAthletic Bilbao – Chelsea2018€80m =85Radamel FalcaoAtletico Madrid – Monaco2013€43m 36Edinson CavaniNapoli – PSG2013€64.5m 38David LuizChelsea – PSG2014€62.5m 97Andy CarrollNewcastle United – Liverpool2011€41.3m =55Bernardo SilvaMonaco – Manchester City2017€50m 3Joao FelixBenfica- Atletico Madrid2019€126m =100Pavel NedvedLazio – Juventus2001€41.2m 37Pierre-Emerick AubameyangBorussia Dortmund – Arsenal2018€63.75m =17Lucas HernandezAtletico Madrid – Bayern Munich2019€80m The most a non-European club has ever paid for a player is €60.3m, which Shanghai SIPG handed over to Chelsea for Brazil midfielder Oscar in 2016.However, with the way the market is going, who knows which record will be shattered next?! =66Juan Sebastian VeronLazio – Manchester United2001€46m 11Cristiano RonaldoManchester United – Real Madrid2009€94m 21Zinedine ZidaneJuventus – Real Madrid2001€77.5m Getty Images =100Sadio ManeSouthampton – Liverpool2016€41.2m =33KakaAC Milan – Real Madrid2009€65m =100Shkodran MustafiValencia – Arsenal2016€41.2m =88Jackson MartinezAtletico Madrid – Guangzhou Evergrande2016€42m Getty Images 40OscarChelsea – Shanghai SIPG2017€60.3m =55Alex TeixeiraShakhtar Donetsk – Jiangsu Suning2016€50m =72Tiemoue BakayokoMonaco – Chelsea2017€45m =72Granit XhakaBorussia Monchengladbach – Arsenal2016€45m =88Rui CostaFiorentina – AC Milan2001€42m https://images.performgroup.com/di/library/GOAL/69/83/virgil-van-dijk-liverpool_1qftct8xg9inq1n60vqhtgn9wv.jpg?t=1146773865&w=500&quality=80Virgil van Dijk became the most expensive defender of all time when Liverpool forked out a fee worth £84.5m to Southampton for the Netherlands international’s services in 2018.His move from the Saints to Anfield completely blew the previous record – David Luiz’s €62.5m move to PSG from Chelsea – out of the water.Most expensive goalkeeper 1NeymarBarcelona – PSG2017€222m https://images.performgroup.com/di/library/GOAL/d/98/oscar-shanghai-sipg_auo6y15sbouc15dluhhtjavwn.jpg?t=498968914&w=500&quality=80 =95Lilian ThuramParma – Juventus2001€41.5mlast_img read more